Firefly American Bistro
Firefly American Bistro

Firefly American Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.fireflynh.com/
  • Phone: 6039359740x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Comfort Food, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: David Becker
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: near Elm & Lowell Streets
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Private parking (no charge) in adjacent lot available on Saturdays and Sundays, as well as weeknights after 5pm. Weekday lunch: metered parking available on Concord and Vine Streets. Victory Garage (current rate- 75 cents per hour) located less than one block from restaurant entrance.
A word from Firefly American Bistro
Firefly American Bistro & Bar is a casually upscale American bistro situated in the heart of Manchester"s downtown district. Firefly embraces the concept of comfort dining by offering inspired classic American fare in a warm, inviting atmosphere. Firefly's extensive wine list, craft beer selections, and creative cocktails compliment the time-honored yet innovative creations of Chef David Becker's seasonal menus, which burst with flavors from around the world. The uptown atmosphere is accentuated by downtown hospitality and friendly, professional service.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Firefly American Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
87 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (40)fit for foodies (40)special occasion (34)good for groups (28)romantic (26)hot spot (24)vibrant bar scene (20)notable wine list (17)great for lunch (14)great for outdoor dining (8)late-night find (8)kid-friendly (8)great for brunch (7)Show More
  • great food. ..a bit pricey
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Food was wonderful. ..nice atmosphere for a dinner with friends. The high back booths give you some privacy and make it easy to converse.The waitress ,well she was ok. She just didnt really have a friendly demeanor but she got the job done.. The dinner prices are a bit high considering they dont include salad etc. So not a cheap night out! Overall it was a nice place and we would return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great!
    Rosko
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Always a good experience! Bit noisy, but more the fault of loud group next to us! Had the filet & scallops. Both were awesome!! Tried the siracha meatballs too & really enjoyed!!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice little place
    TravelinMan
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Food was pretty good. I had the spice rubbed pork tenderloin with served on a bed of hash butternut squash, brussel sprouts, bacon and other things. Service was ok, the waitress was kind and informative, if hard to find at times.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Try it!
    Lilli
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    this was a welcome find with parking right next door! Food was great, staff very friendly and welcoming. Great martinis and wine list. Filet was awesome
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good rolls....but
    atdine
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Good rolls.... it went downhill from there. The GO-GO bread was supposed to be the bomb. Not…. I quess you really need to like gorgonzola cheese. It tasted like low quality bland cheese sauce. The Fish & Chips were terrible. The Fish was not great and the breading was like a no name grocery store fishstick. The only good was the poor mans pie, which was actually very good, but the brownie dessert was only Ok. It needed French Vanilla Ice cream. Sorry just to much money for to little taste
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Vick
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We are here Saturday, group of 6. Our waitress was awesome and we all enjoyed our meals.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • BirgsVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Lobster stuffed haddock nice blending of flavors and very generous with lobster pieces! Shrimp and scallop scampi also delicious, fish nice and fresh. Must love garlic though!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent neighborhood gem
    karenaa
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Sat at the bar for our meals, nice selection of beers on tap, had the fish n chips which was tasty and lite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Food and Friendly Service
    Craig
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Family of 4 -Saturday night. Food was really good. Service was attentive abdominal friendly. No real complaints.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    foodforcathVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We have eaten here several times. Have always had a great meal. Food is delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No show waitstaff
    PTcruiser
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    We arrived for our 6:15 reservation, they sat us. 20 minutes later no one acknowledged us for drinks, or to check in. Many different servers walked by and not one came over to see if we were being helped. After 20 minutes of waiting, by the way this was our 20th wedding anniversary, we decided to leave. What a waste of time. I can't really comment on the food, never had the opportunity to try it and I don't think I will be going back any time soon.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Loved it
    ekelly5
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Tried to get in here a few times and it was always booked! It was a little hard to hear across the table, but not too bad. Great food, great service. Would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food, but a bit noisy
    Barkers
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We went early on a Friday night. The food was excellent and the menu includes some non-typical items. The food was presented attractively, and the entrées were nice and hot. The service was very good, even though it was quite busy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food
    EntrancedHiker
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    I love coming here, great atmosphere and fantastic food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The three of us had different entries. One fish, one beef and one veal/ beef. All were superb. First time st FireFly, will most assuredly go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NHrocks
    NHrocks
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Found Firefly through Southwest Rapid Rewards Dining for a pre-concert dinner and drinks. Easy to find, quick service, great food options, and mixed drinks. Would recommend it the next time you're in the neighborhood!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love it
    Marlarachel
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    After a very bad experience I stayed away for over a year. Decided to give it another chance. It was super! I'll definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredible food, friendly service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We are brand new to Manchester but wanted to celebrate my husband's birthday with a really nice dinner. We happened to walk by Firefly on a tour of downtown and decided to try it - and we couldn't be more glad that we did. From seafood to steak to pork, all our entrees were incredible! They have a nice beer list, and my Bellini was excellent. I'm looking forward to our next visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food, great service
    Monica
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    this restaurant has something for everyone. great drinks, great comfort food choices and you must try the gogo bread! make sure you make a reservation or you might not get a table on the weekend. the service is very good too
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good lunch experience!
    takikim
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Ambiance was nice, service was pleasant, and the lunch time crowd was subdued. Perfect for a business lunch. While the lunch menu was limited, the gorganzola cheese dip with garlic infused bread was fantastic. My BLT came without the promised chipotle mayo, but was still good enough to eat. Looking forward to visiting again for the dinner menu!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The BEST
    Dingz
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    The Service, the Food, the Location...all the best. Been here multiple times and will keep going back. BTW...sounds odd, but the BEST mashed potatoes I have had anywhere!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great restaurant.....not on Elm St.
    ynkyfan
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Some of the best restaurants are not on Elm Street and Firefly is one of them. Visited for dinner and was not disappointed. Menu, although not very large has something for everyone. Great place for that special occasion or for a relaxing cocktail and appetizer. They have an extensive craft beer wine and cocktail menu as well. Ambiance is comfortable although it can get a bit noisy as the restaurant fills up. Prices are what you would expect to pay for fine dining but not unreasonable, portion size and quality of the food makes it all worth while. Service was top notch, wait staff was very friendly and very attentive. We will definitely plan another visit to Firefly.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always A Pleasure
    Marlene
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Firefly is always a great experience for us. Everything is top shelf. We are never disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    nhfoodie
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Although the food was fantastic, we were disappointed at the end of our dinner when we tried to use prepaid Open Table credit cards. We were surprised to find out that the restaurant would not allow us to use the full amount on the card for our meal - it only allowed us to use 75% of the amount. The explanation given to us was that the card does not account for tip. We have used these cards before and have never had a situation like this. Very disappointing that the restaurant would do something like this. No restaurant should dictate the amount left for tip.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • very quiaint
    stomachfiller
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    service was reasonably fast, service was excellent. very warm and friendly. salads were fresh, but nothing special. the whole menu was very classic, and theres nothing wrong with that at all. people love tried and true flavors, and Firefly does them well. the only thing i could find "wrong" with the whole experience was that my friend wasnt asked how she wanted her salmon cooked, and it came out medium well. she was fine with that, and in new hampshire this is basically the standard, so thats really just me being picky. but all in all a very good restaurant, ill go again.
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  • Sunday Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Great location for Sunday brunch, especially with the Bloody Mary bar that allows you to add whatever accompaniments to your Bloody Mary -- from the traditional olives, lemons and horseradish to the eclectic Slim Jims, pepperoncini, hot sauces, raw egg, and many other items. Menu selection might be a bit limited, but they offer both breakfast and lunch items. Had the turkey club wrap which was delicious and my wife had the Monte Cristo which was awesome. Would highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice night out
    Maddog
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    For a rainy wednesday, the restaurant was quite full, and for a good reason. The atmosphere of Firefly is very warm and enjoyable, but the noise level was a bit high. (Understandably due to the smaller size of the building). This did not take away from the pleasant experience I had, especially due to the food. The diverse menu kept me scanning through constantly to make a decision from many mouth watering entrees. I ordered the crab cakes to start the meal, and they were amazing. For my entree, I had the pork tenderloin. The pork, topped with a curried apple chutney, was delicious. Great seasoning and not overcooked at all. To finish, I ordered the warm brownie dessert, a popular choice that night that I saw. Great food, highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    They were very accomadating as we had an infant with us. The menu is large and the food was excellent. If we had one complaint it would be it's extremely noisy. It was hard to have conversations unless you were sitting directly next to someone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner for two
    GMFLchamp
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    My first visit, definitely not my last! I had the steak tip dinner, rare of course.. Accompanied with their garlic mashed potatoes and broccoli. Cleaned my plate! Was absolutely amazing! My wife had that evenings special. A 4oz. Filet with 4 seared scallops, asparagus and a magnificent demi - glace. We also shared the salmon rangoons for an appetizer which really set the tone to start it off. Hands down my best find in recent memory. Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vacation Find
    Chowdaddy
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We were so plesantly surprised to find this wonderful restaurant on our vacation to Maine. We have a son who has a severe life threatening food allergy that the restaurant handled so well. Before we mentioned it they were already aware and made him feel safe. The food was outstanding, from the carrot ginger soup to the hamburgers. We will make sure we come back next time we are in the manchester area.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Clocker
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We enjoyed our recent dining experience at Firefly and will probably return in the future. The food quality was excellent and the service was friendly and professional. My scallops were prepared perfectly, and my dining companions enjoyed their cheeseburgers. We passed on appetizers and dessert.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Firefly American Bistro
    luv4ourCorgi
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    This was our 2nd time visiting and it was just as good as the 1st time! They made our anniversary night out, one to remember with their excellent service and personal touch. We will definitely be back. Easily one of the best restaurants in the area! Looking forward to working our way through the menu. The short ribs were so good; I'm sorry to say I left nothing to take home for our dog. The carprese was an excellent appetizer, as was the fondue we had on our 1st visit. The carrot cake was a fantastic end to the meal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot
    RoadWarriorVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    This is the second time I've eaten here. Food is great, service outstanding, cozy atmosphere,
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Excellent time. Went on a whim, never heard of before. Fantastic time at this excellent eatery we will be sure to return!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The food was good however we were looking for more value. When we looked at the total bill it seemed high for what we got. The server was a little slow so we sat at times waiting.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service Great, Food Disappointing
    ThemotownkidVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    My wife and I went to Firefly for dinner the other night. We were happy with the service. However, we were disappointed in the food this time. My wife had the filet and I had the salmon. The filet was cooked as desired but it was covered with a sauce that was not very good. It really ruined the meat. The potatoes were great! The salmon was very good, but the ravioli under it didn't hit the mark. It tasted like it was out of a freezer. This is unusual for Firefly, as we have been there several times. Hopefully, this was just a one time thing.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ugh!
    luv2dineout
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    A request for a quiet table when the reservations was made was graciously accommodated. However when we asked for separate checks our server gave us this song and dance about the restaurant discouraging that "But if I have to", we almost left at that point considering we were only two couples. Had he suggested the restaurant frowns on that "but for you..". In any case other than the alcohol and Smoked Chicken Quesadilla it was downhill from there. The Bacon Wrapped Bistro Steak was drowning in barbecue sauce, the Chicken Piccata was hard to find amidst the overload of capers, the Eggplant Napoleon had eggplant that was hard and uncooked. Unfortunately all in all a very unsatisfactory experience for us.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Blah
    BaroloVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Went out of our way to find something different on a Sunday afternoon in lower New Hampshire. This wasnt it. Nice looking place from outside, about 2/3 full for early dinner which seemed encouraging. But food was blah. Overcooked pasta, way too much cream in the sauce. Fish/Meat just ok, totally unmemorable. Service was friendly but slooooow.
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  • delicious
    kara
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Excellent drinks excellent food! My husband didn't like his meal but the staff was very accommodating! Can't wait to try it again!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Dinner and Evening Out
    Foodie
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Having been to Firefly before, we were not disappointed! This was "girls night out" and we thoroughly enjoyed the bar area and being paid the right amount of attention to without hovering and making us feel we needed to hurry, eat, and leave. The chosen appetizers were delicious as well as our dinners. One of the best perks of Firefly is the off street parking which is not available for most downtown Manchester restaurants. Will continue to keep this as one of our favorites!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate